Thinking Matters

“A Voice to Isolde”

Sydney Hutton, '19 & Gabrielle Posard, '19

Combining spoken word and modern dance, Sydney Hutton and Gabri Posard gave voice to Fair Isolde from Gottfried von Stratssburg’s Tristan. They probed the duality of love, the physicality of passion as both lustful and romantic and the interdependence of all experiences in the character’s life using the nuanced character of Isolde as inspiration.

Channel Tree News Exclusive: Who Killed Meyer Library?

Class Project

The Channel Tree News team takes a look at the life and eventual murder of one Stanford's most treasured mentors and icons: the J. Henry Meyer Memorial Library. Utilizing the medium paved by Chevy Chase on the Weekend Update and Jon Stewart on the Daily show, the Channel Tree News team is sure to make your eyes burst out in pathetic tears as we unearth the secrets of Meyer Library's family, childhood, and eventual collapse into Charlie-Sheen-like angel dust. 

Rules of Love

What are three rules that you would have for yourself in love? Screenshot from THINK project,
Avani Singh, '18

Over the course of the class, we studied various perspectives on the 'rules of love'. For my final presentation, I decided to make a short video. In this, I asked 17-21 year olds from 10 different countries: "What are three rules that you would have for yourself in love?" When I looked closely at these videos, the results were interesting. Answers varied across genders and cultures. There were differences and similarities.

The Science of MythBusters: Piezo Poppers

Three students work together on a project
Class Project

In a hands-on experimental component of The Science of MythBusters, students work in teams to build and launch custom-modified alcohol-powered film canisters, called piezo poppers. Applying their skills in experimental design and statistical analysis, the students modify their launcher, canister, and fuel to maximize the launch distance of their canisters, culminating in a class-wide contest at the end of the quarter.

The Science of MythBusters, Thinking Matters 101

Converted peanut butter jar, from The Science of MythBusters class, THINK: 1.
Class Project

As part of THINK1: The Science of MythBusters, students built small piezoelectric devices (“piezo poppers”) in which a small spark ignites an alcohol-based fuel inside a film canister, launching the film canister into the air. After building a custom-modified launcher, students used their piezo poppers to see how variables like launch angle and fuel type affected the distance the canister traveled, applying statistical tools learned in class. Students then worked in teams to modify relevant variables and optimize their launch distances.

Utopia, Inc.

Group Project

“It's the year 2113, and there is no fear. There is no pain. Thanks to an innovation made decades before, knowledge became instantly attainable, feelings became immediately suppressible, and society could focus on pure, unadulterated progress. Until one day, a malfunction occurs, and the fate of this society hangs in the balance...”

Click below to watch the video by Alex Barron, Ariel Bobbett, Jay Moon, and Sri Muppidi.

Why do we like (to read about) vampires?

Think 21 class in progress.
Class Project

For the Gabriella Safran's Thinking Matters course “Why do we like (to read about) vampires? Folklore, (mostly) Russian Literature, Film,” students presented collaborative group performances for their final projects. The course itself explores theories and examples of folklore, and the relationship between folklore and other forms of cultural production, including literature, film, music, and ballet. Students put this knowledge to creative use in their collaborations: some groups adapted personal folklore, while others reflected on themes and theories of the course.

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